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Books set in Norfolk please

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Just booked our summer holiday in Norfolk, never been so looking for fiction set there please.
Tia x

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Wed 25-Dec-13 22:31:50

The Accidental - Ali Smith (I think it's set in Norfolk, I certainly read it there one summer)

Apparently some of the later Swallows and Amazons books are set in Norfolk (another MNer told me that when I asked the same Q as you a year or two ago grin).

Have a look here

sonnybeaudelaire Wed 25-Dec-13 22:36:09

Roma Tearne -The Swimmer

MorrisZapp Wed 25-Dec-13 22:37:19

The Future Homemakers of America by Laurie Graham

KatyMac Wed 25-Dec-13 22:37:47

The Swallows & Amazons books are The Big Six & Coot Club (Arthur Ransome)

EdithWeston Wed 25-Dec-13 22:38:03

You could try Waterland by Grahan Swift.

Or if you fancy frivolous, anything by Sid Kipper

hallamoo Wed 25-Dec-13 22:39:03

The Ruth Galloway crime fiction series by Elly Griffiths.

NigellasDealer Wed 25-Dec-13 22:39:20

Waterland by Graham Swift - the Fens anyway

NigellasDealer Wed 25-Dec-13 22:39:53

oops cross posted

Ooh fab, thanks!

EdithWeston Wed 25-Dec-13 22:42:39

Some of Philip Pullman's Dark Material trilogy is set in the Fens too. And I'm pretty sure there are PD James books set in East Anglia too (or was that Suffolk?)

EdithWeston Wed 25-Dec-13 22:46:29
Minutewaltz Wed 25-Dec-13 22:46:47

M.R. James's terrifying ghost story 'Whistle and I'll come to you, my lad' takes place on the Norfolk coast.

VivaLeBeaver Wed 25-Dec-13 22:47:12

Dorothy Sayer, nine Tailors. Think that's Norfolk?

Minutewaltz Wed 25-Dec-13 22:47:56

Also, I think The Go Between by L.P.Hartley. I remember a scene in Norwich, anyway.

BasketzatDawn Wed 25-Dec-13 22:48:49

One of Penelope Fitzgerald's. The Bookshop, I think.

MorrisZapp Wed 25-Dec-13 22:50:53

The King of the Barbareens, can't remember authors name. About a girl brought up in care.

The custard boys
Floodland - starts in norwich

prettydaisies Wed 25-Dec-13 22:55:21

There's a series of books by Chris Crowther set on the broads. They are murder mystery stories.

MegBusset Wed 25-Dec-13 22:58:02

I, Partridge wink

Definitely Waterland, amazing book.

lilystem Wed 25-Dec-13 23:02:06

Second the Laurie graham. One of my favourite books ever.

PaddingtonBearsDuffleCoat Mon 30-Dec-13 15:09:59

Thanks for starting this thread OP, I can recommend the Laurie Graham, Graham Swift and the Peter Whimsey books. Thanks too for the suggestion of prettydaisies re Chris Crowther. I have just read his website and ordered his first book from e-bay.
The Swallows and Amazon series is great fun to read too, I missed out on them as a child but haved enjoyed reading them now.

tripfiction Mon 30-Dec-13 20:18:10

You can also try:

Laura's Handmade Life by Amanda Addison

My Criminal World by Henry Sutton

Salt by Jeremy Page

The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths

The Hard Way (Jack Reacher 10) by Lee Child

Quangle Mon 30-Dec-13 21:02:56

I really enjoyed Salt and came on to recommend - it already has been. V evocative.

Yes - Salt is very good.

The Go Between was filmed at Melton Constable Hall.

The beginning of Great Expectations is set in Yarmouth.

GeorginaWorsley Mon 30-Dec-13 22:06:51

Jim Kelly writes detective series set in Norfolk
Pula the Philip Dryden series set in the Fens.
I read a brilliant book called Seldom Seen by Sarah ??
Set in Suffolk in 1980s.
Also Rachel Hore sets some of hers in Norfolk/Suffolk I think.

Thanks for all these! I've just read The Devil in Amber by Mark Gatiss which is partly in Norfolk but could be anywhere really. It's an absolute hoot though.grin

I wonder if any of Stephen Fry's books are

Apparently The Hippopotamus is

marssparklesdownonme Thu 02-Jan-14 19:25:37

Yes Future Homemakers of America is one of my favourites too.It made me cry. I live in the area its written about ,I don't know if that makes it more poignant to me.

curlew Thu 02-Jan-14 19:28:37

PD James has a couple set in Norfolk- can't remember which though.

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Fri 03-Jan-14 14:06:07

Following on from a previous thread, the Chris Crowther books are gentle detective stories, set on the Broads. They aren't available generally, but you can get them from his website, and a lot of the touristy shops around the broads stock them. We've bought all of ours from Lathams in Potter Heigham. There's a new one out this spring/summer, it'll be the fifth, I think.

Quoteunquote Fri 03-Jan-14 14:08:58

Cry of the bittern radio play, I bet you can down load it somewhere.

MyMiddleNameIsLaura Mon 06-Jan-14 22:25:54

Some of Emma Freud's books are set in Suffolk - in particular Walberswick.

For Kings Lynn locals such as myself there are a couple of crime fiction books by local author (and my acquaintance) Ken Ward on amazon. Tower of Silence and One Good Shot I think from the top of my head.

Lomaamina Tue 07-Jan-14 21:06:02

Libby Purves has set a couple of her excellent novels there:

A Long Walk in Wintertime is highly recommended.

There's Sebald's The Emigrants, but not exactly a light holiday read grin

mimbleandlittlemy Wed 08-Jan-14 13:49:23

The Norfolk Mystery by Ian Sansom. Not read it yet myself as waiting for it to stop being a silly price for kindle and come to something more reasonable (like 99p...).

I believe it is set in Blakeney.

mackerella Wed 08-Jan-14 18:57:29

Oi, Georgina, Jim Kelly's Philip Dryden series - which is very good, btw - is set in Cambridgeshire, not Norfolk! <outraged Cantabrigian>

GeorginaWorsley Wed 08-Jan-14 21:38:13

Yes,meant his police procedural ones!
Dryden does venture into Norfolk though!

lljkk Wed 08-Jan-14 21:51:38

One of the original ACD Sherlock Holmes stories is set in Norfolk (Aylsham?). Topical & all. wink

mackerella Thu 09-Jan-14 01:19:33

grin Georgina

I didn't realise that Jim Kelly had written police procedurals as well. I'll have to track those down - even if they are set in an inferior county Norfolk wink

GeorginaWorsley Thu 09-Jan-14 22:19:45

I love Jim Kelly's books mac grin

januarysunsetfire Fri 10-Jan-14 22:39:53

Weirdo - Cathy Unsworth - is set in Great Yarmouth smile

penguinpaperback Sat 11-Jan-14 23:15:32

It was Sarah Ridgard who wrote Seldom Seen and I agree it's a brilliant book. The Norfolk Parson James Woodforde's Diary is a good read if you enjoy history. He lived 1740-1803. And staying in the past there's Harriet Martineau and the Paston letters from the Norfolk family gentry.
Happy Holiday. smile

penguinpaperback Sat 11-Jan-14 23:19:54

Oh sorry, reading again I see you are looking for fiction. flowers
I'll sort out the weather here for you instead. smile

ChocolateWombat Mon 02-Jun-14 15:05:05

There are the Arthur Ransome ones which are set on the Broads. They are called COOT CLUB and THE BIG SIX.
Great to read if you are stayi g on the broads.

Morgause Mon 02-Jun-14 15:10:06

Inspector Gently novels were originally set in Norfolk.

OnTheHuh Wed 11-Jun-14 20:11:02

Rafaella Barker is a Norfolk based author and some of here books are inspired by Norfolk and I think set there too.

Roger Deakin, the nature writer has written about Norfolk.

Emma Healey the author of 'Elizabeth is Missing' lives in Norwich.

LESuffolk&Norfolk Wed 11-Jun-14 20:35:09

Twitter people have suggested 'Salt' by Jeremy Page, set in the Norfolk marshes.

WhiteHairReally Thu 22-Jan-15 16:17:11

'Life: An Unexploded Diagram' by Mal Peet.

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